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Is it possible to polarize a laser pointer? Answered

Would it be possible to polarize a laser pointer and still have it retain it's usefulness?

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lemonie (author)2009-10-14

LASERs are polarised, what do you want to do?

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kelseymh (author)lemonie2009-10-14

True, but here's an interesting tidbit (see <a href="http://www.princetel.com/tutorial_pigtailing.asp">http://www.princetel.com/tutorial_pigtailing.asp</a>).<br /><blockquote> <div> <font color="#666666" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">[O]nce the beam is coupled into an optical fiber, the SOP [State of Polarization] becomes random unless the fiber is a PM (Polarization Maintaining) fiber.<br /></font></div></blockquote>I didn't know that about optical fibers!<br />

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lemonie (author)kelseymh2009-10-14

I know it's not dead simple, but I didn't know that.

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jeff-o (author)lemonie2009-10-14

I vaguely remember that from college...

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